Storms had us on the run all day today but we still managed plenty of action with redfish. We started out chasing bulls for a couple hours. We found a massive school of mullet with fish busting all over. We got only a couple cast in and broke off a shark before the weather ran us off. We moved into the River and caught fish at every spot only to keep having to move because of storms. We called it quits around lunch time before we got hit by another storm. Great day on the water. Didn't go quite as planned but it was def a lot of fun.
The fishing in Venice has been good all year and hopefully that doesn't change as we get closer to the fall. The Miss River is just under 9ft and falling. Fished everyday last week and it was action packed all week. While we stayed mostly in the outer bays the fish are beginning to pull close to the river. The River is getting clean and you should start seeing the reds move into the passes and spillways. Tide movement was a big factor last week. We had an incoming tide and when is slowed so did our bite. We used live shrimp under a cork.
Nathan, Lloyd and I tried some new area this trip. Left out of BSM to try and find some trout. As we slid out into the bay we were greeted with some nice rollers as the wind was already blowing pretty good. We immediately began catching fish but i was too rough and we had to move to more protected waters. We bounced around drifting along points and current lines. We caught plenty of trout except most were small. We did a lot of running and looking. Birds were diving everywhere. Most had trout but we still caught plenty of catfish. If we caught more than 2 or 3 catfish we moved on. We made our way back to the MRGO and fished the rocks inside but no luck. Ran up the back levee canal and saw a pond with some birds working. We slid in there and put a few nice keepers in the box with a lot of throwbacks. The outer bays are filled with trout. We were drifting so fast it made things tough. We tried live shrimp but caught to many catfish. We stuck with plastic the rest of the day. Limbo Slice seemed to work pretty well. Everything came on popping corks. I started out with a longer leader and it seemed to produce a few more fish. We didn't fill the box up but we caught enough for dinner. The small tout are THICK!! threw back a couple limits of 11 3/4. It was still a good day in a new area. Wind was blowing like crazy by the end of the day.
Fished Delacroix Saturday. We left out in the dark and slowly made our way to our spot. Once we got to where we could see we started catching a few. Wasn't long before the bite shut down so we made a few drifts with little success. We picked up and hit a few spots trying to stay away from the crowds. We put a few more in the box and had several throwbacks. Ran in to Little lake and Grand lake and picked up a few more bites. We finished with 32 trout, 4 bass, 3 sheeps, 1 red. Most fish caught on live shrimp and shrimp creole under a cork. With the water level a little higher we had more success drifting closer to the shoreline.
Went to Delacroix yesterday with a couple of buddies. Its been a while since we had been down there. I was a little anxious to explore once i got out there. I couldn't stay in one spot, the grass was always greener on the other side. We started out in Grand Lake and in two short drifts we picked up around 10 nice trout. We could have stayed there and put a nice box together but i couldn't help it. Ran to Batola and picked up a few more nice ones. Ended up hitting Fenne, Little Lake, Bakers, picking up just a handful with some throwbacks. Went looking for some reds later. Water level was high, seemed like the reds were pushed way back. We ended up with 20 tout, 12 bass, 1 red. Next trip I'll slow down a bit. All trout caught on Shrimp creole under a cork. Caught bass on beatle spins.
Had an excellent trip with wife Allison and friends Zack and Lori. We wanted to start with some trout and as soon as we got to our spot we were reeling in fish. The bite slowed down a bit so we ran after some reds. We caught about 40 but only had 5 keepers so we ran down SW to the end to find some bigger ones. I think we only picked up a couple there then Zack suggested we go to where he fished last year. We haven't had much luck in there this year but we headed there to try it out. IT WAS ON! Almost every cast we were putting keepers in the boat. The girls were tired of catching so we called it a day. We finished with 75+ reds, 12 trout, 2 flounder, 1 bass, 1 croaker. We caught 13 species of fish. The fishing seems to be getting better each day.
Made an afternoon trip to the lake with friends Nathan and Steven. We made our way to the tressles and as soon as we got in position we started picking up fish. We put about 25 in the box with lots of throwbacks. Trout we caught on Shrimp Creole. We made our way to the Twin Span where we picked up 3 black drum and 2 reds. We also broke off two nice ones that we never got to see. Till next time.
The guys from Hook, Line & Dine came down for an adventure and thats exactly what they got. We hook up at The Sportsmans Lodge on Wed to meet everyone for some dinner and entertainment. As the front moved through the winds were blowing 40mph. Took a while to get everyone together the next moring. Left the dock around 10 aboard Capt Ronnie's boat from Fisher-Man Guide Service. We had Big Boyd, Little Boyd and Mr Jimmy on board. Plna A and B came up enpty so we made our way to Garden Island Bay in search of clean water. Soon as we made the turn I saw a line on clean water and it was on. We got to our first row of canes and Little Boyd was hooked up and they never let up. We put 25 beauties in the box before Big Boyd was ready to call it a day. All fish were caught on Tsunami Shrimp under a cork.
Its been a long year, had our ups and downs and yesterday capped it off with another good trip to Venice. Had Carey, Dale and Jen on board. We pulled out before daylight looking for some trout but come up empty. The River came up a couple of feet and muddied things up a bit. We stopped in the Diversion and Main Pass but couldn't get any takers. Gave up on trout so we ran down SW Pass to hunt for some reds. We got out to the sandbar but it was too rough to fish the outside so ancord up on the inside. Jen had never caught a redfish before so her firt red went 32 in. we finished off with prolly the best stringer I've ever seen. 15 reds, most around 25-27 inches. Could have placed in any redfish tourney. Biggest red of the day went to Jen at 38 inches. Everyone had a great time hope they come back next year! Happy New Year everyone!
My dad had a tough trip early in the week so I went with him and my friend Nathan yesterday. We left out before daylight and headed to the Diversion where we were the second boat in. Soon as we set anchor we started hauling in the trout both under a cork and on bottom. We put 68 in the box before the bite slowed and it was off for some reds. We made our way down to SW Pass and started on the reds. Took a lil bit to wake em up but once we did it was on. Didn't take long before number 15 hit the box. We made it back to the dock by 12 to clean a mess of fish. Most everyone had the dock had a pile of fish. It is as good as it gets right now. Don't miss out on the action!
Had some time off so decided to make a fun trip with girlfriend Allison and friends Gayla and David. Got to a late start due to the time change but we made our way down to SW Pass looking for some redfish. Bounced around a couple spots picking up a few reds until we hit pay dirt. Soon as I set the anchor the girls were hooked up. The redfish were very strong and aggressive. We had several get tagled up in the anchor and broke 2 rods in the process. We were able to boat 24 nice reds including one 38 inches caught by Allison. They had a great time and had plenty of fillets to take back home.
Made a trip this past weekend with a great group from Texas. The guys came down looking for some redfish and they got exactly what they came for.
The guys came in Friday afternoon so we had just a few hours to go out. We ran across to Baptiste Collette where it didt't take long to start hauling in reds. Caught a mixed bag of reds, black drum and flounder. The guys rounded up their limit and we headed in.
With a full day at hand they guys wanted to go down river to go after some bulls. We droped anchor and the battle was on. We had a big fish contest between the 4 boats. Thinking we had it locked with a 38 inch red, Clints guys boated a nice 44 inch beauty. We moved to the inside to go after some slot reds. The other boast flagged us over to where they were fishing for they had already gotten their limit which my guys quickly got in the action. We headed up river to try out a couple more spots picking up a few small reds and a couple flounder.
Woke up that morning to a strong, cold north wind. The guys needed to be back early to catch their flight so we needed to act quickly. Due to strong winds we had to run the river the whole way down. Once we got to where we were the day before it was pandamonium. I couldn't keep up with the guys putting fish in the boat. Soon as they got their red in the boat they would drop the line over and hook up again. At one point I counted 5 reds at the bottom of the boat and 3 guys hooked up with more. When one guy was hooked up there would be 5 reds trailing along with it. Half the fish we caught were on bare hooks. It was awesome. In 30 minutes we had our limit and it was off to catch and release. We also had a problem with the spanish makeral. Soon as the line hit the water they would saw it right off. After the bite slowed down the guys had enough and wanted to get back to catch their flight. It was a great weekend and everyone was well pleased. I look foreward to having them back next year.
Couldn't take it anymore so I made a quick trip to Lake P with my buddy Nathan. We headed out to our usual spot under the twin span but only caught 1 small drum. It was too rough to fish the tressels so we ducked into one of the canals and found some nice trout and some small reds along the bank. As dusk was approaching I put on a top dog and caught a few on it. As I rounded the point I hooked a nice redfish, only when I got it in the boat it was a fat, beautiful 24 inch trout. When it got dark we saw a dock light on so we ran over to it and the shrimp were jumping everywhere. We had a lot of action but only caught 4 or 5 until it was time to go. We brought home 8 decent size specks and threw back at least that many. It was a blast cant wait to go back.
Get your crankbaits out boys the reds are on the rocks in the river! Fished with friends Jason and Natan this past weekend. We started out going after some snapper. Leaving out before daylight thinking we would be the first boat there we ended up in third. Boats came and went getting their limit quickly but we stuck it out and finally picked up ours. We left the rig with redfish on the radar but came up empty in every place we stopped. With the Miss. River below 3ft. we decided to check out the rocks where we fish in the fall and it was on! First cast Jason was hooked up. We picked up a few more before it slowed down so I switched to a black crakbait and began puting them in the boat on almost ever cast. I've never seen the river this low this early. They usually dont move in until the fall. The weather this year has been crazy so get em while you can.
Made a quick afternoon trip this past weekend to the lake with friends Mark and Nathan. I'm not that familiar with lake, I do most of my fishing down in Venice so it was nice to get a change of scenery. As we left out of Dockside the wind had picked up a bit making it pretty rough out there but that didn't stop us nor the other 50+ boats we saw. There were a lot of boats on the noth side of the tresseles so we stared further down just past the draw bridge. It didn't take long to put our first trout in the boat. We caught 26 nice trout that ave. about 2 lbs. Most of what we caught were on the Matrix Leomon Shad. Everyone we saw out there seemed like they were doing good too. With about 30 min of daylight left Nathan wanted to try some dead shrimp under the twin span so we headed over to see if we could get some black drum. Caught 1 drum, 1 gaftop and coupld of hardheads. Ran out of daylight so we made the short run in with our heads held high. It was a pretty good trip we all had a blast.
Ran down to Delacroix to try and get in on the trout action. Fished with Nathan, Coach Hatten and his son Eli. We were met at the dock by strong winds and thick fog. We headed down to Pointe Fenne where we have had some previous success. Soon as we droped the trolling motor we started picking up a few trout. When the bite slowed we moved into Ponton and made a couple of drifts picking up a few more nice ones. I wanted to head to a spot a friend of mine showed me and somehow I made a wrond turn. The water got shallow quick so I made a fast turnound and as I did I hit a pipline under the water and broke off part of the fin under the prop. I wasn't too happy so with that and the strong winds I decided to head back in. We finished the day with 19 nice specks. With the conditions we had I was satisfied with our catch. The guys had a great time and already planning the next trip.
Had some time off from BP so I called my friend Bobby and his two sons Austin and Logan to come down Sunday. The plan was to go out to Blind Bay where I caught some nice trout a week ago but on the way out we saw some birds hitting in front of Main Pass and couldnt pass it up. Soon as we stopped it was on. We caught them pretty solid for about an hour and then the just shut down. We headed out to Pass a Loutre to one of my favorite spots and it didn't dissapoint. The reds were stacked up Austin and Logan were catching them on almorst every cast. The guys had a great day. We ended it with 30 trout and 28 reds.
The only dissapointment was that the canes on the point we were fishing seemed to be fried from the oil and will prolly not be there next year but will have to wait and see.
Made my first fishing trip back to Venice this past weekend since the oil spill and it was a good one. I had my friend Bobby and his 13 yr old son Austin. The trip started off about like my others ........ disastrous. Went down early the day before to change the hub on my trailor. After I got all that mess done went to put the tire back on and the board broke that the jack was on sank in. To make a long story short 2 hours and 3 jacks later I finally got everything on and ready to go. Get to the dock the next morning and click... boat won't crank. wonderful. Got it started though. Not going to say what it was lets just say it was human error. So we head on out to one of my favorite summertime holes on the east side and the entire area is covered with boom. So we moved south a little bit anchored up on a nice point with some tide pouring out and started catching one after another. I took one for the team and caught all the catfish. Austin put 10 of the 15 in the box. He caught 6 in a row at one point. We ended the day with: 18 reds
2 black drum
On the way back in got stopped by Wildlife and Fisheries. They said they thought Bobby was a little kid and wondered why he didnt have a lifejacket on. Everything was good though they checked fish and and liscenses, glad I counted right! We made it back to the dock free and clear. Had a great time guys, hope yall can make it back soon.
Does anyone know the details on the oil spill in Venice. Something about the pipline that runs to Pascagula leaked out. Anyone know where or how much
Overratted and skinny canals are always deep, two infamous phrases that defined what our trip was like. I went fishing with my friends Lloyds and Joy and their friend Will this weekend. Didnt catch a ton of fish but had a very fun and interesting trip. The night before I asked Lloyd if he needed to charge his batteries, jokingly he said it was overrated. Lloyd is also notorious for getting stuck so I asked if he had a push pole
.overrated. So the next morning we launched the boat and the battery was dead so we had to get a jump
.Thank you to whoever helped us.
We ran around all over the East side picking up a few here and there. We decided to go to a spot I found last fall only I couldnt exactly remember how to get there. We ran up Pas O Lutre, which has lots of sand bars so you must know where you are going. Lloyd had the channel on his gps but we were a little off because we found one. Since we didnt have a push pole, because they were overrated, Lloyd was kind enough to get out and push. We made a few turns and came to our choice of 3 canals. Tried the middle one . to shallow, I was pretty sure it was the one on the right but Lloyd said lets go to the one on the left skinny canals are always deep. We made it 100 yards until we found 6 inches of water. So after few minutes of agonizing over it we both jumped in and pushed out. Good call Lloyd. So we abandoned that idea and ran out to the gulf and picked up a few more before it was time to go. Joy and Will caght two nice ones around 40 inches to end the day. Will said even though we didnt catch that much it definitly wasnt boring. We ended the day with 12 nice reds. Had an awesome time.